Friday Evening October 14, 2011

A benefit to support


Wine & Design

The Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center Gala,
Auction and Raffle

Dr. David Alexander, CEO
Lucille Packard Foundation for Children's Health

Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greensill

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News from SNIP
(The Special Needs Inclusion Project)

San Francisco's numerous cultural institutions are reaching out to schools to provide them with interesting exhibits and lively activities that supplement the schools' curriculum. SNIP has had the opportunity this past year to contribute to their efforts, working with the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Aquarium of the Bay. While they offer two very different visitor experiences, they share a high level of commitment to providing inclusive experiences for children and youth with and without disabilities.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum actively includes people with disabilities in their programs. Last fall they launched an initiative to be more inclusive: "Beyond the important resources of ramps, elevators, and large fonts, there are many tools we use in our everyday interactions with visitors which create an inclusive and welcoming environment. Fine-tuning these ever-important human powered tools will be the focus of this new initiative." SNIP staff observed their education staff in action and provided specific suggestions for managing and enriching the experience for all the children visiting their exhibits and participating in the accompanying activities. The education staff participated in three workshops we customized for them, based on our observations and discussions. We then provided a general training about inclusive practices for representatives from each department of the museum, including security, on ways to welcome all visitors as well as the types of accommodations or modifications their visitors with disabilities might need.

The Aquarium of the Bay has been in a year-long endeavor to make their programming and activities more accessible, starting with forming an advisory committee to guide their efforts. One of the actions the committee recommended was to have Aquarium staff participate in training to increase their understanding of disabilities, which was subsequently provided by SNIP. The Aquarium of the Bay is providing additional outreach to families and children with disabilities by partnering with Support for Families for two upcoming family events, a movie night in August and the SFCD Annual Halloween Party in October. The entire Aquarium will be open to families during both of those occasions. On Halloween there will be fun activities throughout the Aquarium after hours, giving families and their children with disabilities plenty of opportunities to explore and enjoy the Aquarium at their own pace.

The Special Needs Inclusion Project (SNIP) provides agencies funded by the Department of Children, Youth and their Families (DCYF) with free training, resources, free on-site technical assistance, and the support they need to successfully include children & youth with disabilities into their agency’s program.

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magnifying glassA Closer Look: What the House Budget Resolution Means for America's Seniors & People with Disabilities

(Excerpts from Families USA's April 2011 Publication - see below for link to full fact sheet)

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan introduced a budget resolution for fiscal year (FY) 2012 during the week of April 4, 2011 which included significant budget cuts in Medicaid and Medicare. Medicare serves virtually all Americans over the age of 65, as well as millions of people with disabilities who have nowhere else to turn for health care. Medicaid offers essential health coverage for nearly 60 million of the most vulnerable Americans—half of them children. For seniors and people with disabilities, Medicaid finances health care that Medicare doesn't cover, like nursing home and other long-term care. Large spending cuts would fundamentally alter Medicare and Medicaid in ways that would make them less reliable for the people who depend on them and that would shift financial risks for health care costs to consumers and to the states.

Q: Will the budget resolution keep in place the long-term care safety net for seniors and people with disabilities?

A: No. For any proposal that arbitrarily cuts Medicaid, the answer is no.

Medicaid is by far the largest payer for long-term care nationally, covering about 48 percent of all costs and 43 percent of the tab for nursing home care. Cutting Medicaid would place millions of Americans at risk of not being able to afford the long-term care they need. One-third of Medicaid spending is for long-term care for seniors and people with disabilities. For 14.7 million seniors and people with disabilities, Medicaid is a vital safety net that gives them access to care in the community or in nursing facilities, care that Medicare does not cover and that they otherwise could not afford. Cuts would force states to reduce long-term care services and would punch holes in that safety net.

Q: Will America's seniors and people with disabilities have more options to receive long-term care in the setting they prefer?

A: No. For any proposal that arbitrarily cuts Medicaid, the answer is no.

Most people who need long-term care would far prefer to remain living at home or in the community. Medicaid helps millions do that. More than 40 percent of Medicaid long-term care spending is for care that is provided to people in their homes or in the community. This care helps more than 2 million people stay out of nursing homes. Cuts to Medicaid spending would force states to reduce these services and would place millions at risk of institutionalization.

Q: Will the proposals help build a strong foundation for the future by helping our children get a healthy start in life?

A: No. For any proposal that arbitrarily cuts Medicaid, the answer is no.

Medicaid covers one-third of all children in the United States, making it the largest insurer of children. It also provides insurance for mothers, covering one in three births. Cuts to Medicaid would force states to cut coverage for mothers and children, putting the health of our children at risk. Poor health leads to poor performance in school and later in life. Cuts to Medicaid mortgage our future.

Brought to you by Family Voices of California. Visit to make your voice heard, keep up to date and provide input on the federal budget process. To see a copy of the full fact sheet, visit

We also would like to say goodbye to Tara Robinson who has been the Family Voices Manager for the past two years. We will miss her and wish her well in her new endeavors.

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Access to Early Literacy

The development of early literacy skills is important for all children, and parents can support this development through everyday activities in their homes and communities. The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has many free resources for parents, practitioners, and caregivers of young children, birth to five years, who have or are at risk for disabilities or
developmental delays.

CELL has developed practice guides especially for parents of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. These guides contain practical and easy-to-do suggestions that can be used with all children. Each guide explains how the practice or activity supports early literacy development, describes what the practice looks like, provides lots of ways to do the practice, suggests how you'll know if the practice is working, and includes a few descriptions and photos of how parents have done the practice with their children. The guides can be downloaded and printed or viewed as a CELLcast or podcast (audio explanation of the practice with photos of parents and children doing the practice).

CELL also has practice guides with adaptations that provide additional ideas for making sure that young children with disabilities can participate in early literacy activities. For example, the guide "Show Me the Funny" suggests ways that parents can share books with infants who have sensory or developmental difficulties so that book reading is an enjoyable experience for parents and babies.

In addition to these practice guides, there are short videos for parents and teachers that can be viewed online. These videos demonstrate ways to carry out some of the early literacy practices at home and at school. Examples include finding early literacy opportunities in everyday places and activities and an interactive way to read with very young children.

CELL also has downloadable tools for parents such as a simple checklist for identifying children's interests in everyday literacy activities or ideas for free and low-cost early literacy materials to have at home. There are also fun posters with suggestions for incorporating early literacy during meals, bath time, and walks in the neighborhood; going to the library or grocery store; and driving in the car.

Visit the CELL Web site ( to find these practice guides, CELLcasts, videos, tools, and posters as well as summaries of the research behind these resources. Parents and practitioners will find lots of ways to support and encourage all young children's development of listening, talking, and early reading and writing skills.

CELL is a research-to-practice national technical assistance center that promotes evidence-based early literacy learning practices. CELL is based at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Research to Practice Division.

Ann Carr, Director of HRIIC and Judy Higuchi, Assistant Director can be reached at 415-206-7743 or visit their web site at

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Access to Adventure 2011 – A lovely day in the park

Our third annual Access to Adventure event was held on Saturday, May 7th in the Music Concourse Bandshell in Golden Gate Park. This event is held every year for families of children and youth with disabilities or any kind of heath care need. Health and recreation organizations brought a giant trampoline to jump on, sailboats to climb on, adaptive cycles to ride and more!

Thank you to all the exhibitors who particpated this year. Thanks to Chuck Poling for being our emcee, and the following on-stage performers; Warren Hellman and The Wronglers Jeanie and Chuck's bluegrass music (along with bass player Ryan Lim), Performing Arts Workshop, Magic Jeanne and Hoop 'in Heather . There are many organizations, companies and individuals who contribute to this event. Thanks to Lucas Metcalf-Tobin, Ellen McCarthy and Lillian Bautista from SF Recreation and Parks Dept. for partnering with us again for this fantastic day in the park. Thanks to Sue from Aidells Sausage and Queenie and the great volunteers from Simple Kindness who provided lunch to the families.

We would like to thank our board member Jane LaPides and Murray Cahen who helped at the Prep Day, and purchased all the supplies. Thanks to our sponsor AAA of Northern California. Thanks to all the organizations who contributed a door prize, and Thanks to Tina Nelson who provided ASL interpreting. We also would like to thank Mike Perez and Nady Systems for providing the sound equipment, graphic designer Amanda Sargisson and photographer Veronika Gulchin. Thanks to Frank Schlier who grilled the vegetarian sausages and our board members Nancy Statler, Karen Cancino, Antje Shadoan and Sally Spencer who assisted at the help desk.

Thanks to Lisa Moniz and PG&E for providing the majority of the volunteers at the event, and the Junior League San Francisco for helping with set-up and at the SFCD craft table. Thanks to all the SFCD staff who worked that day.




Photographs by Veronika Gulchin

Kathleen Schlier is our Care Giving, Special Events and Volunteer Manager. She welcomes new volunteers and can be contacted via email at

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A Big Congratulations to Our New Mentors!

Support for Families is happy to announce that during this past school year, the Parent Mentor Program hosted an eight month training session for both the English and Spanish speaking parents seeking to improve their special education knowledge and self-advocacy skills.

Our eighteen newly trained mentors received training on what special education is and is not, who is eligible, the types of services that can be provided, timelines, the six principles of IDEA, placement, procedural safeguards, least restrictive environment, inclusion, etc.

Congratulations mentors, you're a wonderful group of parents and we appreciate your enthusiasm, energy, knowledge and time. Your participation in this program, allows our agency to help serve a number of families in need. We can't do it without your help!


Interested in becoming a mentor?

We encourage you to participate in our upcoming Special Education Series scheduled to begin in September. This training offers English and Spanish speaking parents the opportunity to learn about their rights and responsibilities under the Individuals Disability Education Act (IDEA) and to learn how to navigate this system with the support and knowledge of sharing with other parent mentor volunteers.

The Parent Mentor trainings are FREE. Limited childcare is available with pre-registration.

To learn more about the Parent Mentor Programs, please call Joan or Sonia at 415.920.5040 and/or via email: Joan Selby or Sonia Valenzuela

Note: Registration with Joan Selby or Sonia Valenzuela is required. Thank you.

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Siblings of children with special needs

By Anita Gurian, Ph.D. - NYU Child Study Center

All siblings experience rivalry off and on, but having a sibling with special needs is a special challenge. Parents and kids, however, report that it's manageable and even has some benefits.

Siblings of children with special needs may have special feelings.

Many parents have to spend a great deal of their time attending to a child with special needs. As a result, the other children in the family may feel that their own needs have lower priority or they may have other worries. These reactions may be expressed in various ways. Some children and adolescents may

Feel alone or neglected or jealous about the extra attention given to a child with special needs

Wish that they too had problems to get more attention

Worry that the disability is contagious and that they might catch it

Become overly helpful or noncompliant in an effort to gain approval

Try to ease their parents' burden by not making demands or feeling guilty

Feel guilty about their own good health

Feel embarrassed or resent having to involve their sibling with neighborhood friends

Be afraid to express negative feelings to avoid adding stress to the family

Worry about the care and future of their sibling

How can parents help?

Parents should demystify the diability and explain it to their children in appropriate language. Do it early and do it often, since children's understanding and reactions change over time. They need to know what the disability is and what to expect. They also need to know the weaknesses as well as the strengths of their sibling. As children grow their understanding and their reactions change.

Parents, focused on including their child with special needs as a full member of the family, may tend to give less attention to the needs of their other children. It is important, however, to try to give each a regularly scheduled special time with each parent alone and together.

When planning family activities, remember that not everything has to be done with the whole family. When an activity is too taxing for the special child, arrangements can be made for his care while the family is out.

Encourage each child to pursue own his/her own interests and give each one a special space for personal things. Recognize each child's unique strengths and accomplishments and make sure they develop friendships outside the family. If a child is concerned about how a friend might react to his sibling, role play some possible conversations and explanations.

Have the child with special needs do as much as she can for herself and any other chores she is able to do. In this way everyone has some responsibility, and children don't feel overburdened. The child with special needs should be subject to the same rules as the others whenever possible and appropriate consequences should to be imposed.

Find opportunities to compliment each child for being helpful and for being a team player.

Parents should consider enlisting the help of relatives when feasible. For example, siblings might spend time with other family members.

Parents should initiate periodic family discussions at a quiet time with no distractions. Providing a designated time would enable everyone to air feelings, positive and negative, and a way of talking about stresses such as peers, reactions of public, extra responsibilities and other accommodations. Kids should know it's okay to ask questions, and discussion should clarify any misinformation they may have picked up. Parents should try to maintain calm, modeling an attitude of coping, communicating and actively seeking ways to solve problems.

Growing up with a sibling with special needs has benefits

Parents and children report that, compared to other families, they face more situations that demand flexibility and problem-solving. They also get more lessons in the components of character building—sensitivity, insight, ability to get along with others, tolerance of differences, compassion and patience, characteristics which will serve them well in other situations.


Views from Our Shoes: Growing Up With a Brother or Sister With Special Needs, edited by Donald Meyer, Woodbine House, 1997

The preceding was an excerpt from, "Siblings of Children with Special Needs"
by Anita Gurian, Ph.D.. The full article can be found at:

Used with permission of, website of the NYU Child Study
Center. All rights reserved.

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2011 Information and Resource Conference

The trees are beginning to bloom and pollen is in the air. Aside from longer days and warmer weather, spring brings another event that occurs annually - the Support for Families annual Information and Resource Conference (IRC). This year, March 19, 2011 was a cold rainy day but the poor weather didn't stop more than 500 caregivers, professionals, volunteers and exhibitors from attending the 2011 Information and Resource Conference. This year's event titled "Learning Together" was held at John O'Connell High School in San Francisco's Mission District. The free daylong event was quite the success.

The keynote address was given by Richard Carranza, Deputy Superintendent for Instruction, Innovation and Social Justice, Cecelia Dodge, Assistant Superintendent of Special Education, Rachel Norton, Commissioner of SFUSD Board of Education. During this presentation the three presenters addressed the upcoming changes to the special education services in the San Francisco Unified School District.

The event had 65 exhibitors in the exhibition hall and 21 workshops ranging in topics from Early Intervention through Transition to Adulthood. There were also several special topic workshops on behavior, inclusion, mental health and literacy. The conference workshops were attended by approximately 400 caregivers, professional and community members. Attendees were provided a light breakfast, lunch and onsite childcare.

This year's event would not have been the success that it was had it not been for all of the help that we got from the community. We would like to thank all of the organizations and individuals who participated in every aspect of the IRC, from set-up on March 18 to registration, workshop assistance, food court, and clean up on March 19. Their contributions of time and energy to the 2011 Information and Resource Conference ensured the success of this event.

Thank you to:

The workshop presenters who contributed their valuable time to conduct educational workshops and the exhibitors who shared helpful information and resources with families and professionals

Event Partners: Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC); High Risk Infant Interagency Council (HRIIC); Improving Transition Outcomes Project (ITOP); Special Needs Inclusion Project (SNIP); San Francisco Unified School District
and The Junior League of San Francisco

John O'Connell High School staff and administration, including Principal Rick Duber and Mr. & Mrs. Gamino

San Francisco Unified School District for providing language interpreters

Keynote speakers: San Francisco Unified School District Deputy Superintendent Richard Carranza, Assistant Superintendant of Special Education Cecelia Dodge, and School Board Commissioner Rachel Norton

City College of San Francisco-Disabled Students Programs and Services, Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center, Parents for Public Schools, Parents Helping Parents and San Francisco Unified School District for generously loaning us several sets of interpreting equipment

Support for Families, HRIIC, SNIP staff and volunteers: Sonia Valenzuela, Joan Selby, Christine Reina, Cat Trap, Shanta Jambotkar, Linda Tung, Nina Boyle, Kathy Winship, Ana Plasencias, Regine Ho, Judy Higuchi, Alison Stewart, Dee Hayden, Lisa Yee, Keith Rockhold, Robin Hansen and Connie Wong

A very special thank you to Wendy Yuan, Kathleen Schlier, Anna Costalas and SFCD Admin Team for their invaluable work
before, during, and after the conference

Cole Hardware, Purity Organic, Kellogg's, Popchips, Entemann's Bakery and Del Monte Foods for their in-kind donations

The many individual volunteers and groups that gave their time to help with conference

We are very excited about this year's success and we can't wait to get started planning next year's IRC. The 2011 IRC "Learning Together" was an excellent event and if you couldn't make it this year we hope to see you at the next one.

Thank you,

Joe Goyos
Education Manager and
IRC Coordinator




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Meet SFCD Board Member Chris Dehner

My wife and I were going along with our first pregnancy with anticipation and excitement when we found out our child had Down Syndrome. As can be expected we went through a range of emotions as we processed and came to grips with this news. One of the strongest feelings was the the fear of the unknown. Becoming parents for the first time was overwhelming enough. Now we wondered how we would take care of a child with special needs.

When our daughter Darcy was born it was one of the happiest days of our lives. Despite our relief in having a beautiful and healthy daughter we soon realized that we would benefit from support services. Naturally we consulted with our pediatricians and then the regional center. Still, there was so much for us to learn. The world of special needs can be quite a daunting system to navigate in addition to simply caring for a child's daily needs. This is when we first learned about Support for Families. The information and resources that Support for Families provides have been invaluable. We are consistently comforted by meeting people who are going through similar struggles and can relate to our family.

We have utilized many of the resources from Support for Families over the years. We have attended support groups out of which we developed friendships with families who have children with similar needs. These friendships have been a great source of strength and support. My wife and I have attended numerous seminars and trainings put on by Support for Families on topics ranging from behavior to communication to navigating the San Francisco Unified School District and the IEP process. These seminars and workshops have helped us find many of the resources that we have come to rely on in supporting our daughter.

In addition, we also attended events such as the Access to Adventure (through which we discovered Acrosports) and the Walk and Roll. Besides the resources and education provided, we have always been impressed with how Support for Families builds community and awareness.

I was honored when Support for Families asked me to serve on the Board of Directors. The energy and devotion shown by the staff and the board is truly amazing. After having benefited from so many of the services that Support for Families provides it is wonderful to work with them in continuing to be such a valuable resource in the community.

Photo Chris Dehner

Chris and his wife, Andrea, live in San Francisco with their children Darcy, Finley and Brendan.

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Join the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CACSPED)!

Submitted by Katy Franklin, Chair of the SFUSD Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Special Education

The purpose of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Special Education is to advocate for effective Special Education programs and services, and advise the Board of Education on priorities in the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). The State Education Code mandates that each SELPA have a CAC and that a majority of CAC members be parents.

In San Francisco, CAC meetings are usually held on the fourth Thursday of each month (except July, November and December) from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. These meetings are open to the public; everyone is welcome to attend. Joining the CAC gives you an opportunity to have your opinions heard and make a difference in the way Special Education is conducted in our area.

Food, Childcare, and Interpretation is provided (if you call in advance). For more information, and to reserve Childcare, please call 415- 920-5040. Please join us. The Board of Education needs to hear about the issues facing your children in special education programs in our district. The more members and perspectives we have, the stronger our committee
will become.

Meeting Location: Support For Families of Children With Disabilities, 1663 Mission Street, 7th floor.

Advocacy tips:

In order to be the best advocate you can be for your child, you'll need to know how to get organized and get educated. Keeping meticulous records is crucial; it will help you to become a more effective coordinator of services. Examples of records you'll want to keep and organize:

- IEP and IFSP records;
- Letters and notes (from teachers, doctors, etc.)
- Medical records and therapists' reports;
- Test results and evaluations;

Get copies of all written information about your child.Keep a journal of events and concerns you have about your child's school program and make notes from conversations and meetings you have with teachers and administrators regarding those concerns. Attend seminars and workshops. Read as much as you can about your child's disability and gather all the information you can about the latest therapies and treatments available. Join online list-serves and share information with other parents of
children with similar needs and concerns. Support groups can also be very helpful for exchanging information. Finally, Support for Families has a Parent Mentor Program that offers individualized support from a mentor parent who can help you. Contact them at (415) 920-5040.

The CAC has a new website!


Protection & Advocacy, Inc. (PAI)
Provides advocacy help for Californians with disabilities.
(800) 776-5746 TTY: 800-719-5798 /

Community Alliance for Special Education (C.A.S.E.)
Advocacy group and legal resource.
(415)431-2285 /

Procedural Safeguards service of the California
Department of Education (CDE)

Provides information regarding educational rights.
(800) 926-0648 /

The San Francisco Mayor's Office on Disability
(415) 554 - 6789 TTY: (415) 554-6799

From Emotions to Advocacy by Pete and Pamela Wright

The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child (5th Ed., Feb 2007) by Lawrence Siegel

CAC Illustration

"Together We're Better" by Jared, 2nd Grader

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Reviews from the Joan Cassel Memorial Library


Who Will Hold the Lemonade?, by Rogill Anderson
The author is the mother of a child with physical disabilities. She wrote this children’s book to encourage acceptance by the child’s peers. It would be an excellent book to be read by teachers and parents to children to introduce disability awareness or inclusion. It is also a tool to discourage bullying.


What You Must Think of Me: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager’s Experience with Social Anxiety Disorder,
by Emily Ford
The Adolescent Mental Health Initiative produced a series of books authored by young adults, who experience the condition of the titles. This book is authored by a young woman, who lived with SAD for 20 years. It is written in the first person and offers techniques that she found useful in overcoming the condition. There is a good section on frequently asked questions, a glossary, resources, a bibliography and index.  

Bookcover ADHD&Me

ADHD & me: what I learned from lighting fires at the dinner table,
by blake e. s. taylor

Yes, the information above is typed as it appears on the book cover. Blake wrote a memoir of his years in school. He was a student at UC Berkeley when the book was published. He offers a  solutions section at the end of each chapter. Consider the title of Chapter4 : “being hyperactive, the T. rex preschool.” The final chapter ends with a big smiley face and a listing of your gifts. A teen with ADHD could really enjoy this book.

Bookcover Animal

Animal-assisted Interventions for Individuals with Autism,
by Merope Pavlides and Foreword by Temple Grandin
The author is a certified dog trainer and specializes in families with a child with a disability. This book covers needs that can be answered by a highly trained animal or can be helped by visiting a llama exhibition. It is a guidebook for parents, who want their child to have animal interaction. There is additional information in the appendix, references and indices.



Reviews by Elaine Butler, Librarian

Support for Families maintains the Joan Cassel Memorial Library which is a lending library for families and professionals, comprised of multi-lingual books, reference materials and media related to children with disabilities and special health care needs. The library is open during regular business hours. Please visit us at our new location.

Visist our library online at:

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Donations received January 1, 2011 through April 26, 2011
Support for Families gratefully acknowledges gifts from the following individuals, groups and businesses. We apologize for any omissions or misspellings. Please contact us so we can correct our records.

Information and Resource Conference:

Nancy Casciani
Melanie Chin-Cooper
Barbara Devaney
Yury Hurtado
Ana Maravilla
Mirna Solorzano
Sally Spencer

In-Kind Donations
Cole Hardware
Pacific Organic Produce
W.M. Dickerson Co.

Jennifer Erickson

Access to Adventure:

Event Sponsors and Donors
Aidells Sausages
Murray Cahen and Jane Lapides
Veronica Gulchin
Tina Nelson
Amanda Sargisson
San Francisco Recreation & Parks
Simple Kindness
The Junior League,
San Francisco

Chuck and Jeanie
Chuck Poling
Hoopin' Heather
Magic Jeanne
Performing Arts Workshop
Warren Hellman and The Wronglers

Family Voices 2011 Summit:

California Academy of
Physician Assistants

Maureen Brewer
Ana Clark
Sandra Deus
Patricia Hevessy
Daniel and Merlin Pambuan
Elise Parnes
Laurie Thomas

Movie Night:
The Junior League, San Francisco

SFCD Donations:

Other Donations:
Organizations, Businesses and Corporations

ChrDAUER Architects
Presidio Bank

Sharon Abe
Leo and Lorraine Arnaudo
Janet Green Babb
Thomas Bieri and
Casciani-Bieri Nancy
Charles Brewster
Megan Caluza and York Gaskins
Ardalan Esmaeili
Susan Heller
Nancy Hudgins
Ronald and Follin Key
Eric and Angela Korpela
Masae Kunikane
Janet Kunze
Darnee Lansangan
Christina and Robert Lehr
Patrick Mahoney
Victoria Mendoza

Susan Monson
Shantell Pambuan
Beatrice Plack
Calvin and Quyen Pon
Laurie Soman
Lee and Laurie Strawn
Diego Valderrama

In-Kind Donations:

Ara & Edma Dumanian
Harold L. Wyman
Foundation, Inc.
Jill Chan Insurance Agency
Leslie Lum Marketing
PEO Sisterhood Chapter OX
Software Research, Inc.
Turley Wine Cellars

Laura Alexander
Nancy Hudgins
Victoria Jung

Tributes and Memorials:
In recognition of our
professional childcare
providers at the workshops
Mary Ann Malinak and Magnus Arthur

In honor of Camille, Carmen and Virginia Lorne's Birthday
Pat Wilson

In honor of Matthew
McRory's 2nd birthday
Lanier Coles

In honor of Michael Boussina
Zandy Krischer

In honor of Joan Crowell's Birthday
Babette Holland and Tony Brown

In honor of Joan Crowell's Birthday
Virgina Kahn

In honor of Virginia Lorne's 40th Birthday
Selby Sheetmetal Company

In memory of Jack Mayeda
Jeanne Villafuerte

In memory of Jo Hoffmire
William and Margaret

In memory of Shirley Selby
Selby Sheetmetal Company

Workplace Gifts and Pledges:
Applied Materials
Helen Jesperson
Chevron Humankind
Angela Wong
Eva Hernandez
Christopher Malone
Franklin Templeton
Johnson & Johnson
Glen Moering
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Todd Gemmer
PG&E Corporation
Cheryl Wilkes Foundation
United Airlines
Jeffrey Garrison
United Way California Capital Region
Wells Fargo Community
Md A. Rahman

Car Donations:
Joseph Mickelson



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